I am thankful for my past but am more interested in my present and future. I am focused on this blog and writing a book. And then – there’s my Zen life of gardening, mostly perennials and flowers from seeds, and photographing birds. I quilt when I need to focus or need to get my mind off of something else. More about all of that later, too.
I am known for mentoring songwriters, artists, and others. Garth Brooks credits me with being “where it all began”. He and I cowrote “Burning Bridges” which is on his multi-platinum CD and featured in his first anthology. He talks about me in his first documentary. It has been my honor to be with him on his journey. He says I discovered him, but more about that later. I founded and hosted Circle of Friends Songwriters Show in Nashville and more recently Muscle Shoals Circle of Friends Song Circle. I co-founded Soup and Song Symposium with the city of Florence, Alabama. More about all of that later, too. If I had a job, I would say it is songwriting. At least I write enough hours to count as at least a part time job! I am highly trained since I have been a songwriter for many, many years. I am now retired from my real job – teaching English.
I have bipolar disorder. I joke that I am the Bipolar poster child because for over twenty-five years I have coped successfully. My mantra is Eat, Sleep, Take Meds. I was in the hospital, the lockdown wing, when I was first diagnosed. Since then I have not been without a psychiatrist. I am outspoken and willing to share. No one should feel shame about having Bipolar Disorder although it is hard not to. It is a double-edged sword . I believe I owe much of my creativity to it, but the mood swings are hard to handle, especially when I bottom out. They are often not situational and happen often and unexpectedly. More about that later, too.
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Looking forward, Stephanie C